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Remembering Rachel Carson and the birth of the environmental movement

Remembering Rachel Carson and the birth of the environmental movement

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Damage from Lake Kittamaqundi fuel spill minimal

Damage from Lake Kittamaqundi fuel spill minimal

The Maryland Department of the Environment has categorized the damage done to downtown Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi by a diesel fuel leak as minimal, even though an estimated 500 to 600 gallons of fuel entered the lake, according to an office...

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Shale gas limits debated

Shale gas limits debated

Maryland regulators are weighing some of the strictest limits in the country on shale gas drilling, but a scientist Monday suggested they still may not go far enough to protect drinking water wells from contamination by methane leaking from...

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Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting

Bird lovers squawk over Sunday hunting

Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland.

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Bluebird trail at Pot Spring Elementary restored in time for fledgling season

Bluebird trail at Pot Spring Elementary restored in time for fledgling season

The bluebirds are coming back. At least, that's the hope at Pot Spring Elementary School. The bluebird trail has been restored in time for the spring fledgling season, when eggs are laid and bluebird chicks hatch.

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New federal stream regulation defended

New federal stream regulation defended

A top Environmental Protection Agency official visited Baltimore Thursday to make the case for a new federal rule spelling out what streams and wetlands enjoy legal protection from development or disturbance.

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MDE faulted for lead-paint follow-up

MDE faulted for lead-paint follow-up

The Maryland Department of the Environment has not followed up on at least 900 rental housing units with hazardous lead paint whose owners failed to maintain annual registration with the agency, state auditors have found.

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Walmart moves into organic food with Wild Oats relaunch

Walmart moves into organic food with Wild Oats relaunch

Walmart is moving into organic foods with the relaunch of the Wild Oats brand, the retailer announced Thursday.

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Recycling plant to be built in Baltimore County this year

Recycling plant to be built in Baltimore County this year

A local company said Friday that it is teaming up with another firm to build a Baltimore County recycling plant expected to employ about 50 people.

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Stormwater fee flap smoothed over

Stormwater fee flap smoothed over

A dispute brewing in Annapolis over a late bid to alter Maryland's storm-water fee law - one that reportedly threatened approval of the state's budget - was resolved Thursday, with lawmakers agreeing to limit a proposed exemption from the controversial "rain tax" to Carroll and Frederick counties.

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Bid to alter storm-water fees draws fire

Bid to alter storm-water fees draws fire

A late bid in Annapolis to alter Maryland's storm-water fee law has drawn fire from environmentalists and from the attorney general's office, calling it an unconstitutional end run on the legislative process.

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Cove Point opponents, supporters flood state with comments

Cove Point opponents, supporters flood state with comments

Opponents and supporters of plans to export liquefied natural gas from a Southern Maryland facility flooded state regulators with more than 60,000 letters Wednesday, the deadline for public comments on one aspect of the proposal.

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Hoyer, O'Malley administration spar over Eastern Shore wind project

Hoyer, O'Malley administration spar over Eastern Shore wind project

In a duel of sorts between two of Maryland's top Democrats, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer went to Annapolis Tuesday to press for legislation opposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley that Southern Maryland officials insist is needed to protect their region's prized naval air base from an Eastern Shore wind energy project.

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Assembly approves record expansion of Maryland's wildlands

Assembly approves record expansion of Maryland's wildlands

A record expansion of Maryland's "wildlands" passed the General Assembly Tuesday, as the House of Delegates gave final approval to an O'Malley administration priority to designate nealry 22,000 acres of sensitive state-owned lands as legally protected wilderness areas.

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Harbor Point developers get key approval from environmental regulators

Harbor Point developers get key approval from environmental regulators

Environmental regulators gave a key approval to Harbor Point developers Thursday, but said they need to review more data before work that would open a currently-closed toxic waste site can start.

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Senate OKs clean energy on preserved farmland

Senate OKs clean energy on preserved farmland

The Senate approved legislation Thursday that will allow some renewable energy generation equipment to be placed on land that farmers have put under agricultural easements, sending its version to the House.

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Bill to protect Pax River could scuttle Eastern Shore wind project

Bill to protect Pax River could scuttle Eastern Shore wind project

Legislation that could kill a $200 million wind energy project on the Eastern Shore is moving through the General Assembly, pushed by Southern Maryland lawmakers who contend the 600-foot tall turbines threaten their region's most important job generator, Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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Radar system leads to oyster-poaching conviction for watermen

Radar system leads to oyster-poaching conviction for watermen

Two watermen were fined nearly $1,500 for oyster poaching on the Eastern Shore, the first conviction stemming from a network of radar and cameras the state launched in 2010 to detect illegal seafood harvesting.

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House OKs energy projects on preserved farmland

House OKs energy projects on preserved farmland

A bill that could allow hundreds of acres of preserved farmland to be converted to wind farms or other renewable energy projects was approved Monday by the House of Delegates, 97 to 33.

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Senators seek to stall pollution regulations

Senators seek to stall pollution regulations

Key senators have put language in the state budget bill that would stall Maryland's efforts to limit one of the Chesapeake Bay's main pollutants, phosphorus.

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DNR studies state's bear population

DNR studies state's bear population

Biologists from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources got to hold some cute bear cubs Monday.

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Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations

Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations

State environmental officials and the owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula are moving toward a settlement to correct alleged regulatory violations at the former steelmaking site.

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DNR secretary confirmed

DNR secretary confirmed

Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill is no longer "acting."  As expected, the Senate voted Friday to confirm him after an extraordinary hearing at which watermen protested his oversight of the commercial fishing industry and Gill apologized for a "communications gap" with the group.

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Five watermen charged with taking oysters from protected area

Five watermen charged with taking oysters from protected area

Five Queen Anne's County watermen have been charged with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River in Tangier Sound, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said.

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Bills would allow wind, solar projects on preserved farmland

Bills would allow wind, solar projects on preserved farmland

Hundreds of acres of Maryland farmland that are protected from development at taxpayer expense could be turned into commercial wind or solar energy farms under legislation before the General Assembly.

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Pesticide study funding advances

Pesticide study funding advances

House and Senate agreed separately Thursday to raise fees on pesticides sold in Maryland to help pay for further study of their use.

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Harbor Point construction could begin by end of the month

Harbor Point construction could begin by end of the month

Environmental regulators said Wednesday that construction on the Harbor Point project in Baltimore could begin by the end of the month, after they approved a plan to measure air quality at the former factory site laced with toxic chemicals.

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Talk about environmental justice in Baltimore

Talk about environmental justice in Baltimore

How can Baltimoreans "strive for environmental justice for all citizens, particularly in the face of climate change?"

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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